On Saturday 14th December Santa will be parking-up his sledge and spending a couple of hours at Sutton Coldfield’s Our Place Community Hub in Farthing Lane B72 1RN.
The Our Place Elves will be arriving bright and early ready to greet the jolly bearded philanthropist on his arrival to his grotto at 10am. Children can then come along and see him until 3pm.
Every child will receive a gift from Santa and there will be Christmas refreshments on offer for all the family as well as the Christmas craft session that proved so popular last year. Join the Elves who will be demonstrating how to make funky Christmas lanterns!
Cost of entry is £5 per child and free for parents/carers. Call the Our Place Elves on 0121 354 40 80 to book a slot
Remember to take a camera if you want to get a photo of Santa.
A report presented to the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership reveals that registered offences during the period October 2011 to September 2012 saw a reduction in all 40 wards compared to the previous year.
The figures also show that the four Sutton Coldfield wards only account for 5% of the total number of offences recorded in the report.
There were only 642 crimes recored in the Sutton Four Oaks ward making it the lowest of all the Birmingham wards while 39th highest was Sutton Vesey with 926. Sutton New Hall was 37th with 1,002 recorded crimes. The highest Sutton Coldfield ward was Sutton Trinity, which includes the town centre, with recorded crimes numbering 1,459 putting it in 29th place.
All four wards saw a reduction in recorded crime compared to October 2010 to September 2011. Sutton Trinity had the greatest reduction of 23% followed by Sutton New Hall at 20%, Sutton Four Oaks at 13% and Sutton Vesey at 12%.
Although information on specific crimes for the area were not published the total recorded crime across the city was said to be for violence, criminal damage, vehicle crime, theft and burglary.
Reductions in robbery, fraud and criminal damage are believed to be the main reason for the overall fall in recorded crime rate.
In contrast to Sutton Coldfield the highest number of recorded crimes was in the council district of Ladywood where the four wards of Ladywood, Nechells, Aston and Soho accounted for 26% of the 74,867 total.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man died in hospital from the injuries he suffered during a traffic collision in Sutton Coldfield.
A BMW car collided with 65-year-old Robert Baker as he crossed Boldmere Road at the junction of Jockey Road in Boldmere at around 7.30pm on Thursday 31 October.
Mr Baker, from Kingstanding, was taken to hospital with serious injuries following the collision and remained there for more than two weeks but sadly died from his injuries on Sunday 17 November.
The driver of the vehicle involved stopped at the scene and was interviewed by officers and the lead investigator is now asking anyone who witnessed what happened to come forward. Nobody has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Sergeant Neil Higgins, from the Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We have already spoken to two witnesses who saw what happened, however we know the area was busy at the time and there may have been other people around who we haven’t yet spoken to.
“This happened during the evening of Halloween and I’d ask anyone who was in the area at the time and has any information that could help our enquiry to come forward and call us.”
Anyone with information should contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.
A Sutton Coldfield hairdressing team has raised £1,465 for Breast Cancer care by donning their walking boots and holding a Wear It Pink Pink week at the salon.
Francesco Group salon owner Paul Corbett and beautician Jessica Jane tackled a marathon walk home to Cannock from the Burnett Road salon as part of a Wear It Pink week.
And the team at the salon beat their target of £1,000 through sponsorship for the walk, donations, a raffle and the salon’s own Great British Pink Bake Off.
“We wanted to raise money for a fantastic cause as so many of our customers, friends and family have over the years been touched by breast cancer,” said Paul, who manages the salon with wife Saranne.
“We had a packed week in the salon, from Wear It Pink manicures to a raffle with some amazing prizes including a top to toe makeover to raise funds.
“And if that’s not enough, taking the long walk home, after a long day at work on my feet, seemed the perfect way to raise some money – particularly as we had to wear some very attractive high visibility pink vests.
“We’d like to thank everyone who sponsored us, bought a raffle ticket and supported us throughout the week, particularly our customers, who joined in wholeheartedly throughout the week.”
Plantsbrook School in Upper Holland Road is offering seasonal shoppers a chance to park-up for the day and support the PTA at the same time.
Starting on 7th December, and for the next three Saturdays, parking in the school car park is available all day for just £1.
That sounds like an all-day-parking bargain and with Sutton Coldfield town centre less than 5 minutes walk away it’s an ideal way for Christmas shoppers to also support the Plantsbrook Parent Teacher Association.
A family in Sutton Coldfield will donate money raised from their outdoor Christmas lights display to charity.
The Nutt family started decorating the outside of their house with Christmas lights 28 years ago and every year the display has got bigger. For the first time this year they will invite donations from people who come to see the lights, as they had started to receive unprompted donations through the letter box. The family will divide the money raised between Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.
Samuel Nutt, aged 19, who is a photography student at Walsall College, said: “Lighting up our house has always been a big part of Christmas for me. People have brought their children from around the local area to see our display and wanted to give us a donation so we decided to choose two charities.
“We picked Diabetes UK as my Dad has Type 2 diabetes and so did his parents. It is a great charity and helps so many people who have both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. There are now over three million people in the UK who have diabetes and it’s really important they get good advice and support to manage their condition.”
The display takes the family a month to put up and will remain switched on until around 5 January.
The lights are at 8 Lower Croft Way, Sutton Coldfield, B74 4XF from the start of December.